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Giving a new life to the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of many Australian homes. After all, it is where families spend a lot of time together. However, when was the last time you really looked at the space? Are appliances dominating the bench tops and taking up cupboard space? Are your lights boring, and is your kitchen starting to show its age?

This week we’d like to share a few simple tips on how to spruce up your kitchen.

Make the most of existing space

Installing a pull-out shelf with a gliding draw in base cabinets can make it much easier to access hard-to-reach items. Most of the time these will need to be custom built and, while it may appear to be a simple job, detailed carpentry work is required to execute it properly.

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Light up the space

Strategically placed, funky lighting could be the missing element to your kitchen. Consider the type of lighting required for preparing food – such as beaming white light for chopping – and how you could feature bench tops or the kitchen sink with cool lighting displays. Always call the experts when working with electricity.

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Show off your crockery

If you’ve got quirky and interesting plates and mugs, why not make them a kitchen feature? A plate rack is a very modern way of adding colour and vibrancy to your kitchen. It’s also a simple way to store regularly used items. Again, positioning, style and colour is key to it working well.

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For expert advice on revitalising your kitchen please contact your local ‘Hubby’ on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Do share your kitchen face-lift stories (and nightmares) with us, too.

Choosing the Perfect Appliances for your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used spaces in the house, whether it is preparing food, entertaining friends or relaxing with a good book.

This week, our Hubbies are telling you about five kitchen appliances out there to make home living more enjoyable.

Modern Ventilation Hoods

A serious cooktop demands a ventilation system that will usher exhaust out of the kitchen without the loud noise. If you hear the sound of suction (and not the motor running), this is a good thing. If noise bothers you completely, consider units that can be installed with exterior motors.

But, as you may know, there’s more to the hood than blowing out hot air, even if that’s the key function. Sometimes a hood is a focal point in the kitchen. Ask your local Hubby about assisting you in choosing and installing the perfect ventilation hood for your kitchen.

Convenient Fridges and Freezers

Refrigerators come in three main body configurations: side-by-side, top-mounted freezer, and bottom-mounted freezer, depending on the lifestyle of the family. Whether you live on your own, with roommates or a large family there is a fridge perfect for you.

Want to hide the refrigerator and freezer? Ask Hire a Hubby to come over and look into panelling that blends in with the rest of your kitchen’s cabinetry.

Space Saving Cupboards

Corners of kitchens can become wasted space, so why not make use of that space with some of these clever corner cupboard ideas.

Aside from a lazy Susan solution like the one above, there are some other ways to utilize this area. These drawers keep kitchen supplies easily accessible.

Same goes with the placement of this stove. Plus, a shelf built into the usually-bare backsplash can hold cooking items that might otherwise take up room on shelves or counters.

Functional and Ambient Lighting

Layering light has often been used in dining rooms or living rooms, but is recently more and more popular in kitchens. With kitchens the hub of many homes, layering light is best for preparing food as well as striking the right balance between function and mood.

Practical and Stylish Bench tops

There are many types of benchtops home owners can choose from including granite, laminates, engineered stones, concrete, stainless steel, solid surfaces and ceramic tiles.

Again, the choices depend on your lifestyle.

Laminates are designed with today’s busy, demanding and style conscious home-owners in mind. They are specifically developed for use as decorative surfaces for a wide range of applications including bench tops, wall panelling, furniture and joinery.

In addition, laminates are durable with high wear properties and scratch and moisture resistance making them the perfect interior surface for use in living areas, kitchens, bathrooms, laundries and even the home office.

The non-porous nature of laminates also means that bacteria cannot easily collect, making it a hygienic choice for kitchen bench tops.

If you’re looking to cook up a renovation storm, bounce your ideas off your local Hire A Hubby. Simply pick up the phone and hit 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Dream makeovers: when money is no issue

Realistically, home owners tend to stick to budgets when renovating, and never actually transform their house into the home they dream of.

But if money isn’t an issue for you and you’re thinking of renovating to create your dream home, here are some before and after extreme makeovers that have transformed outdated and plain decks, gardens, bathrooms and kitchens into incredible modern spaces.

These ideas from our Hubbies might just get your minds thinking as we approach into the summer season or, as we like to say, the renovating season.

Decks:

This ordinary deck created usable space, but no style. The homeowners added a sweeping perimeter curve and metal accents to create a backyard haven. Talk to your local Hire a Hubby about how you can best utilise the space in your backyard.

 

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Landscaping:

This house had a small patio that baked in the hot afternoon sun and reflected heat right off the white walls. See it transformed into a living and entertainment area with less yard to look after. Not only did it make the back area more usable, but it also added resale value to the home.

 

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Bathrooms

This 1980’s attic bathroom was boring, had cheap cabinetry, an oversized mirror, and navy blue sinks and toilet. A smart remodel including beaded-board panelling, built-in shelves, separate furniture-style vanities, old-fashioned medicine cabinets, and vintage-style faucets and fixtures gave the bathroom a clean, cottage look. Have a chat with your local Hire a Hubby about turning your bathroom into a haven.

 

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Kitchens

Dreary kitchen getting you down? Take matters into your own hands and give your cooking space a transformation with inspiration from the kitchen makeover below. This modern kitchen remodel features black cabinetry, sleek surfaces, hardwood and tiled floors, recessed lighting and a custom stone wall that gives the space a wine cellar feel.

 

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Hopefully this has provided you with inspiring ideas to take that next step towards your dream home. For advice or a free quote on any home maintenance or renovation project, call your local Hire a Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Makeover Series Part 2: Kitchen

Makeover Series Part 2: Kitchen

Last week, we offered some advice on getting started with a home makeover – budgeting, quoting and timing. This week, our Hubbies are exploring some simple ways to makeover your kitchen.

Kitchens are one of the most used rooms in many Australian homes and whether you have a timber house, brick home, unit or townhouse, there’s no denying it’s often the first room to show signs of aging.

Is your kitchen reminding you of a set on the Brady Bunch? Cupboards looking a little sad? Floor stains too much to look at? Don’t panic. The great thing about kitchens is there are easy, cost-effective ways to update them on a limited budget.

Here are a few tips to get you thinking.

Painting

You’ll hear us say this a lot, but painting does wonders. It is a cost-effective way to brighten up most areas. Almost all surfaces can be brought to life with a fresh lick of paint. Talk to an expert about the best type of paint for your given surface. When choosing a colour scheme, brights are a great way to give an area life but don’t overdo it and make sure your brights are mixed with neutral shades.

Cupboards

Got lime green cupboards hanging off their hinges? Talk to one of our Hubby’s about giving them a makeover. There are so many options on the market for finishes – stainless steel, wood veneer or even sanding and painting. Replacing old handles will give your cupboards an upgrade. Look for slim, modern handles that avoid showing finger marks. Don’t opt for cheap materials, as they don’t tend to last as long.

Lighting

Changing your kitchen lighting is a simple and cheap way to give your kitchen a totally fresh appearance. Good lighting illuminates space and gives it atmosphere. There are a number of different lighting options to choose from, ask your local Hire A Hubby for advice on lighting and arranging installation.

If you’ve got ideas you’d like to discuss with an expert, call Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 for an obligation free quote or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au for other property maintenance ideas.

Makeover Series Part 1: Getting started

One of the benefits of home ownership is being able to make a house your home by adding personal touches to it through renovations and makeovers. From large scale jobs like decks and room transformations to small upgrades like painting walls or new curtains and flooring, putting a bit of work into your home can improve liveability and lifestyle as well as add property value.

Over the coming weeks, Hire A Hubby will be running a series of home makeover blogs to give you expert advice on a range of things you can do with your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room and outside area, and give you a bit of a guide on where to start and how to do it on a budget.

This week, we’re looking at the hardest part – where to start. Budgets, quotes and dealing with suppliers can be time consuming and a headache, so our Hubbies have broken it down to help you out.

Budgeting

Think about the bigger picture and the return on investment when budgeting. Don’t exceed your financial means and always allow for unexpected costs. Ultimately, you will eventually sell your home, so think from an outsider’s perspective what you’d want to see in your house. Value-adding can come from a fresh coat of paint, revamping drab floors or tidying up a garden.

Quoting

You may have received a few quotes already to help you with your budget, but now is the time to find the best quote. Talk to friends and family about who they’ve used and recommend. Hire A Hubby is a great place to start because they are the all-round experts and trusted advisers of the best contractors in your local area. Take your time comparing quotes so you’re getting the best value and quality of work for the price you are paying and ensure quotes are consistent with the work you require. If you’re engaging with contactors or suppliers, compare apples with apples and look for examples of previous work they have completed.

Timing

Whether you’re making over your living room or renovating your bathroom, think about how the time of the job will affect your living. Some work requires turning the water or electricity off or blocking doorways and driveways, which isn’t a problem if you plan for it. Listen to the advice of experts, but remember what you want and don’t be talked into something else.

In the coming weeks we will be taking our renovation series a step further by exploring makeover ideas in each section of your home. Stay tuned for next week when we’ll be looking at kitchen makeover ideas.

For help with budgeting and obligation free quotes, call Hire A Hubby on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.